Clean Needles Now!
A Call to Action
Syringe exchange programs (SEPs) are proven to reduce the spread of HIV. In the U.S. alone, HIV infection through Injection Drug Use (IDU) has decreased by 80% since the start of SEPs, and those exposed through IDU have reduced needle sharing by using SEPs. However, the federal government currently has a ban on funding for syringe exchange, even though experts note that even a small increase in funding will have a significant impact on HIV infection rates among IDUs.
Call your member of Congress and register your opposition to the ban. Urge them to support Congressman Serrano's Community AIDS and Hepatitis Prevention Act in the U.S. House of Representatives today. For more info, visit: www.gmhc.org/policy/federal/fedagenda08.pdf.
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